South Korea

Andrei Kirilenko becomes United States citizen


Andrei Kirilenko, a 10-year NBA veteran out of Russia, was part of the early waves of European stars coming to the league – when he was drafted in 1999 he was the youngest European ever taken. A decade later he likes what he found here.

So much so that the Jazz forward and his wife became United States citizens, passing their citizenship test and getting sworn in this week. The couple has two sons born here who are American citizens, but their adopted daughter from Russia will have to wait a few years.

At the Desert News Kirilenko listed some of the questions on the test: Why the colonists didn’t like Great Britain? How many amendments to the Constitution Which territory was given to the U.S. from France? Who is the vice president?

I shudder to think how many American citizens would miss those questions.

Lenny Wilkins still coaching – for South Korea


He’s not going to catch Don Nelson, but Lenny Wilkens is not done coaching.

He’ll be working with South Korea. (Hat tip to Sham Sports)

“We reached a settlement with Wilkens in cooperation with the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA),” the committee that runs the South Korean team told the Yonhap news agency.

South Korea won gold on home soil at the 2002 Asian Games but finished fifth in Qatar four years ago. The 16th Asian Games take place in southern China from November 12-27.

For those of you not politically inclined, South Korea is the Korea without the bat s— crazy dictator running it.

Wilkens is one of only a handful of people ever inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a coach and a player. He’s the second winningest coach in NBA history. He’s a spry 72, and he’s forgotten more basketball than you’ll ever know. He should help South Korea.